Star Wars Spectacular Handknit Socks

Monday afternoon I popped over to McWalker Yarns store in Millvale.   Robin was working and helped me get a pattern and some Rowan Felted Tweed yarn to make a sweater for the NaKniSweMo Challenge -to knit a sweater in the month of November.  I’ve seen Robin on Zoom Stitch meetings for several months but it was great to see her in person.  AND lucky for me she had the Star Wars socks with her, the ones we’ve been watching the progress on as she knit them during our virtual meetings.

All I can say is WOW. They are something to see.  She is an advanced knitter, clearly.

Meet Robin, attorney by day, knitter extraordinaire on her days off.  Here she is showing her pair of hand knit Star Wars socks.  Amazing work. She says they are a true labor of love and the recipient is a real SW fan so they are going to be thrilled when they unwrap them at Christmas.  Don’t think the recipient will  be seeing the blogpost but want to keep the details vague.  Look at her expert knitting letters with tiny stitches May the Force Be With You. Alas, she created the designs herself by finding a multitude of charts on the internet and adapting them for the scale of socks but perhaps they will inspire you to design your own Star Wars socks.


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The Top Ten Hit Upon in 2011

As I look at the yearly summary, I found that only four of the most hit upon posts out of the top ten were actually posted in 2011.  I am not sure what this means except there are a lot of searches for disco balls, burnt almond torte, furry convention and city rooftops at night.

1.    Wordpress sent out a report on my 2011 year in Blogging and my top post of the year was the one I posted for my son’s birthday.  He’s a grown up man, married with four children of his own(see Zoo Lights post if you didn’t already)  but when he was a little boy he had a wish that remained unfilled until last May.  I can tell by his expression how surprised and delighted he was when he opened his gift.  Sometimes parents can’t realize how important certain things are to a child and I certainly felt bad when I would hear occasionally how he ALWAYS wanted this Millennium Falcon but didn’t get it, usually when he and his brother were together and they reminisced about growing up.

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Thanks to Phil, who owns Where The Toys Are  Canonsburg PA!  

2.  The second most viewed post this year is those furries that show up every year for a big furry convention in Pittsburgh. I just happened to stumble upon them when I was going to a gallery in a downtown hotel.  This post was first posted in 2010 and yet it gets hits every week.

3.  And the disco ball image. Go figure.  Almost EVERY day someone hits on this disco ball/mirror ball reflection. I shot it at wedding (the couple now has a darling baby girl) and it looks retro but is not.  Here is that image.  Should I be concerned that some of my top hits are from different years than 2011?  This is from 2009!   Why do people search for disco ball“?

4. And the next most popular every week is New York City Rooftops at Night.

This was posted in 2009 as well.

5.  The Pug Guard Dog in a Shadyside store got linked and hit from Tina (Pug owner/lover) at Carrots ‘N’ Cake blog

6.  Copy Cat Recipe for BurntAlmond Torte gets weekly hits and adds up to the 6th  most hit upon for the year

7.  The Bookshelf (most controversial on reddit.com) single most hit upon in one day over 18,000 hits!!!

8.  And the Tenth Street Bridge lit up at night for the Tom Cruise Movie

9.  The ninth most hit upon post in 2011 is a tribute to my cousin Lori Lynn Baur Meli. She touched a lot of lives as her name still comes up in searches. She fought a valiant battle with breast cancer.  Her husband Fredi just became an American citizen recently.

10.   The tenth most hit upon post from this year was

Open Letter to Shiny Buick Man

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Millennium Falcon Wish Comes True 30 Years Later

When Mark was four or five all he wanted was the Millennium Falcon.

It was the one toy of childhood he truly longed for and did not receive. Oh how he wanted it!  He LOVED Star Wars.

And I looked at it all those years ago and thought it was a lot of money at the time for a big hunk of plastic (at least that is how I remember it)  So I didn’t buy it for him. Obviously, this topic has resurfaced over the years.

This past January I happened to sit next to a nice man and his wife at a friend’s 60th Surprise Birthday Party.  We were chatting and he said he owned a Vintage Toy store- Where the Toys Are  in Canonsburg PA.

“By any chance do you have a Millennium Falcon?”,  I asked.

“Why, yes!”, he said he thought he did AND sure enough he emailed me and sent me photos.  His friend (the 60th birthday guy was his childhood friend) delivered it right to my home (in the original box!)  in February and I was so excited.

I kept it until Mark’s birthday but it was really hard to keep the surprise.  I asked Matthew if he thought Mark would be happy to get it  after all this time and he said he thought so and sure enough, look at Mark’s face in this photo.

A couple of weeks ago the Where the Toys Are man and his wife and the 60th Birthday man and his wife were in Zagreb and they called me on their cell phone  from a 300 year old bar and I got to hear Matthew playing guitar and singing, 4550 miles away from Pittsburgh! Happy Happy Happy all around.  Millenium Falcon in Original Box